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Santa Clara Valley Liveforever
Dudleya abramsii ssp. setchellii

About Santa Clara Valley Liveforever (Dudleya abramsii ssp. setchellii) Dudleya setchellii, the Santa Clara Valley Dudleya, is a member of the Dudleya genus of succulent perennials, members of the family Crassulaceae. The Santa Clara Valley Dudleya was listed on February 3, 1995, as an endangered species. Dudleya setchellii is found only in the Coyote Valley area of southern Santa Clara County, California, mostly on rocky outcrops within serpentine grasslands on Tulare Hill and Santa Teresa Hill west of Coyote Creek in south San Jose and south of Metcalf Canyon east of Coyote Creek. A large population was destroyed with County approval for the housing development on Communications Hill. The City Council conceded to the pressures of the developer and took money to fund a plan checker in exchange for granting development rights which appears to have impacted the single largest recorded population of this endangered plant. More recently, goats have been used for weed control near the Coyote Creek Golfcourse and were observed feeding amongst the serpentine boulders where this plant is found. It is illegal to collect plants or seed and it has recently been turning up at local nursery sales, obviously from wild collected plants.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Succulent

Max. Height
3.6 - 8.4 in (9.1 - 21.3 cm)

Flower Color

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer, Fall

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky outcrops within grassy places

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
172' - 3520'

Annual Precip. ?
13.3" - 52.2"

Summer Precip. ?
0.18" - 0.72"

Coldest Month ?
42.0° F - 49.4° F

Hottest Month ?
66.4° F - 77.1° F

Humidity ?
1.16 vpd - 26.21 vpd

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Bird Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Santa Clara Valley Dudleya

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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